Style by Claire Lopez

The Occasion Edit

Wedding season, event season and the season of general ‘dos’ is upon us so I thought I would put together a blog to give you some inspiration. This time I have focussed on a few brands which are go-tos and which may not be on your radar.

In terms of trends – florals still abound; midi and maxi dress styles dominate although mini styles are creeping in. There is a lot of broderie, tiers are most definitely in and sleeves are a thing. Oh and don’t forget jumpsuits or even a trouser suit as an alternative to a dress.

My real piece of advice would be to try to choose something that you will wear again and that is versatile enough to be dressed down and worn in different ways. That is the beauty of the relaxation of dress codes – a cotton midi dress can still be just the ticket if you accessorise well – metallic sandals and a blazer will always elevate your look. And as ever the accessories are key to take you from this… to this….(Dress part of paid partnership with Aspiga).



Yes they do great work wear but they also do fabulous frocks that you can also dress down. Here is a selection – from floral prints, to bright broderie and stunning jumpsuits – there is lots more but hurry as stock is limited!

Poppy Field Print Midi Dress £295 


Broderie Maxi Dress £275 


Colour Block Palazzo Jumpsuit £275



At the upper end of the price spectrum, Ridley is most definitely luxury but you have the benefit that all the dresses are made to order so you can stipulate your own length and even choose the print to put in your frock. If you are in the Barnes area, then definitely head to their shop.

Tam Maxi £469



For the classic tea dress and a bias cut beauty, then look no further than Rixo which has a multitude of prints in a variety of styles.

Flavia Dress £275


Selma Dress £315


Satin Dress with Smocked Waist £229

This is made from recycled polyester and also comes in a gorgeous bright green. Another great French brand is B&SH which has several lurex numbers.


An award winning ethical and sustainable brand that in addition to doing a damn good selection of summer dresses, also has some lovely smarter options including this which also comes in blue.

Victoria Dress £200


Ro & Zo

This is a great brand to look at but even better as the dresses are all around the £100 mark. They are also stocked in John Lewis if you want to do a try on.

Polka Dot Maxi Dress £119 


Animal Button Detail Midi Dress £119


Short Sleeve Maxi £109


Hope and Ivy

Another good one to look at with dresses under £100

Mary Dress £85


There are obviously so many more I haven’t included and don’t forget about some of the high street heros – Reiss and Whistles for example as well as  former high street stalwarts which still have an online presence like Oasis, Warehouse and Coast.



For a cost effective and sustainable way to access a knock out dress that you might not have been able to afford otherwise, rental is the ideal option. There are so many options out there to consider – Hurr, My Wardrobe HQ, By Rotation, 

Hurr also has a concession in Selfridges if you want to try on any pieces. So that Vampire’s Wife/Self Portrait/Ganni etc. number can still be yours!


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  • Lucy

    Great post!
    Any tips on what to wear to keep warm with a navy broderie detailed top and pleated skirt. I don’t want to ruin the outfit but really feel the cold!
    Thanks x

  • Karen Finch

    My husband passed away on Thursday I would love to look put together for his funeral.

    • Claire Lopez

      I am so very sorry for your loss. If you would like help then drop me an email – I am fully booked for several months but may be able to give you some pointers.

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